Dear visitors, the National Village Museum provides a replica of the typical household of the XXIst century, in exclusivity. A flat in an apartment building, semi-divided, laminate flooring, sandstone, tiles, windows with insulating glass, AC, dishwasher, 60-inch smart TV. 5 minutes away from the subway station, the park, schools and shopping centres. Sir, no, please don't touch the exhibits: that drawer is an original, we got it preserved directly from the previous owner; he has been baiting his wife that he'll repair it their entire marriage.

(Translated by Ioana Grigoruţă / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In June 2021, the group has 6.650 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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